Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chunky Tomato Soup and Cheesy Croissants

O.K., I know this isn't rocket science, but here's an easy lunch for you for the snowy weather. I bought the grocery's cheap brand of tomato soup, along with the same brand of petite diced tomatoes. I mixed together, along with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper and prepared this soup as directed. This soup was so much better than when I just make Campbell's tomato soup, who knew?

With it, had reduced fat croissants, one with sprinkled reduced fat cheese; other with turkey pepperoni and reduced fat cheese.

Sorry I didn't take a photo, couldn't wait to eat it. Good stuff, so easy, so cheap; and quick!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Balsamic Pork Chops, Roasted Asparagus and Sauteed Spinach


Yes, another healthy meal, what can I say? Turned out great, and it took less than 20 minutes. Potatoes on the photo are left-overs, recipe on earlier post. I also made 12 fruit smoothies (not shown...obviously) to place in the freezer for future consumption...yum. They included bananas, strawberries and pineapple, shot of V-8 Splash and ice. One way to get your fruits and veggies in...drink them.

Recipe for pork chops and asparagus came from Weight Watchers 5 Ingredient 15 minute Cookbook, recipe for spinach came from the good ole internet after Google searched "Baby Spinach Recipes", after having some left-over baby spinach and could not eat one more spinach salad. In case you haven't noticed, I hate to waste anything.

O.k., here we go with your recipes, hope you enjoy.

Balsamic Pork Chops
4 (4-oz.) boneless center-cut pork loin chops (1/2" thick)
1 tsp salt-free lemon-herb seasoning (I used sf garlic-herb seasoning instead)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
Cooking spray

1. Trim fat from chops. Sprinkle chops evenly on both sides with seasoning. Coat a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chops, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Removed chops from skillet and keep warm.

2. Wipe drippings from skillet with a paper towel. Combine vinegar and broth in skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced to a thin sauce (about 5 to 6 minutes), stirring occasionally (don't cook too long, it will get too thick...trust me). Spoon sauce over chops.

Yield: 4 servings. Calories 210; Carbs .9 g; Fat 11.4g (sat 3.8g); Fiber .1g; Protein 24.3g; Sodium 178m. WW Points: 5

Roasted Asparagus
Asparagus
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray

1. Preheat over to 450 degrees.

2. Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Arrange asparagus in a single layer in a jelly roll pan (I used a cookie sheet...it survived). Coat asparagus with cooking spray and bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until tender.

Yield 4 servings. Calories 18; Carbs 2.9g; Fat .5g; Fiber 1.3g; Protein 1.5g. WW Points: Big Fat 0 - Love that!

For the Sauteed Spinach recipe, you can go to this link: http://herbsspices.about.com/od/salads/r/Garlic_Spinach.htm

Hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings - Healthy Food Discoveries

Sorry it's been a while since my last post...holidays and taking time to get things better organized. That's what we do at the New Year, isn't it? Clean out closets, organize desks, start working out, eat healthier, start routines maybe like going to church regularly, reading more or writing in a journal. Well...I'm trying to do all of that (if the blog counts for journal writing now). Let's see how long it lasts.

I won't bore you with all of it, but I do want to share some of my latest healthy food discoveries. I had photos...so I thought...for this, but had forgotten that I took my memory card out of my camera for downloads; and lost the cord to hook up my camera to computer...so I only have one photo for you...that of this great dressing.
Maple Grove Farms of Vermont
Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
It wasn't very experience ($2.19) and for that plus the FAT FREE in all caps, I didn't have high hopes that this would taste good. It only has 5 calories, no fat, 0 WW pts. But it taste great, and I've had Baby Spinach Salads with Craisins and little big of Feta Cheese all week. Salad has 4 WW pts, 5 grams of fiber.
Fiber One Blueberry Muffings (frozen)
These taste great, highly recommend, 3 WW pts and 7 grams of fiber.
Meal: Meat Loaf, Steamed Potatoes, and Green Beans
Total: 6 WW pts, 8 grams of fiber. Recipe for meat loaf and potatoes came out of Weight Watchers 5 Ingredient 15 Minute Cookbook.
Barbecue Meat Loaf
1 lb. ground round
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, divided
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned dry breadcrumbs
2 large egg whites
1/4 tsp. pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine meat, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, onion, breadcrumbs, egg whites and pepper in large bowl; stir well.
3. Shape mixture into a 7" x 5" loaf on a rack in a roasting pan. Spread remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce over loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Yield: 4 servings. Per serving: Calories 228, Carbs 10.4g, Fat 7.6g (sat 2.6g), Fiber .5g, Protein 27.7.
Steamed Red Potatoes
1 lb. round red potatoes, quartered
2 T water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Butter-flavor spray (such as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe dish. Add water, and cover. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until tender. Coat with butter-flavored spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings. Per Serving: Calories 86; Carbs 18.9g; Fat 0.3g, Fiber 2.1g, Protein 2.5g, Sodium 155mg.
Jen's Green Beans
Heat skillet on medium hit with about tablespoon of olive oil. Can add little minced garlic and/or chopped onion on oil if you like as it heats. Then put one can green beans (drained) in skillet, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, if you didn't use chopped onion, then sprinkle minced onion on beans, along with salt and pepper. I sometimes use garlic pepper as well. Cook for about 15 minutes. Yield: 2+ servings. Calories 70ish; Fat 0; Carbs 2; Fiber 2; WW points - big fat 0.
Hope you enjoy these food discoveries!